My New Book: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

May 12, 2017

The thesis  of my new book is simple: Schools have been stuck for decades, but WE can overcome that inertia without permission from the forces that have created the inertia in the first place. I throw down a pretty strong challenge in this book: WE can change the system of education at scale using these powerful levers…

Mastery Transcript Consortium Gets $2 Million Grant; Potential K-12 Game Changer

May 10, 2017

We should all use the term “game-changer” sparingly in education, and probably always preceded by the qualifier “potential.  But I believe that the Mastery Transcript Consortium is one of these.  When founder Scott Looney first contacted me to discuss this idea more than two years ago, I told him that it deserved this kind of…

New Podcast; Sharing Lessons from “#EdJourney” and “Moving the Rock”

May 6, 2017

How great is it that a district superintendent and assistant superintendent take time every week to research, prepare, conduct, edit, and publish a podcast that is shared with hundreds of other educators?  What a great example of leading by example as we move into the new era where the “flow” of knowledge is more important…

How Will Educators Deal With the “Death of Expertise”?

May 4, 2017

A primary role of education is to give students the skill and wisdom to know how to gain knowledge. A key element of that process for centuries has been the reliance on experts who have invested enormous time, money, and intellectual resources in gaining knowledge and understanding that is deeper, more detailed, and often more…

Think You Know Disruptive Innovation? Read On!

April 30, 2017

From Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines Changing what we do in schools is uncomfortable, even hard sometimes, certainly complex.  But as you ponder the “why, what, and how” of change at your school, in your district, or by your community, as you struggle with the inevitable discomfort and disruptions, take a look at what REALLY complex…

Check Out Incredible Curriculum Spiral via Ross School

April 23, 2017

Rhetorical question for all educators: do you have or wish you had a really well-scaffolded curriculum? To be honest, I would have thought by now most schools could answer that integrated curriculum maps and tight alignment amongst subjects and grade levels were well in our rearview mirrors; that faculty who work in the same school…

Great Job Posting for Innovation Leader

April 22, 2017

A you know I rarely advocate for one school, but you also know the high esteem I hold for the remarkable leadership of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta.  So when they asked that I share a job opening opportunity, I am happy to do so.  If you think of yourself as an innovator, creator,…

What is the Traditional Breaking Point of Leaders’ Thinking?

April 18, 2017

What is the point at which people are not willing to look beyond the horizon? Next week at the annual NAIS conference (#NAISAC), John Gulla and are are giving a three-hour workshop with the primary goal of pushing education leaders’ thinking beyond their current horizons.  We will have between 85-100 leaders from something like 60…

Hill School is Breaking Some Traditional Independent School Paradigms

April 18, 2017

I am at The Hill School outside Philadelphia today and tomorrow; I have been working with the humanities departments this year on reimagining their program, offerings, and departmental structure.  But this post is not about the humanities; we are prototyping solutions later today and will have have a lot to report by the end of…

Major Education Game Changer Launches: The Mastery Transcript Consortium

April 18, 2017

Two years ago, Scott Looney, head of the Hawken School in Cleveland, told me about an idea they had to dramatically enhance high school student assessment and how that might revolutionize the outdated drivers of college admissions. He asked if I thought it would attract support from like-minded school leaders. I told him, simply, “get the first ten schools into…

Two Big Takeaways From Week Focusing on Innovation

April 18, 2017

I have two big takeaways from a fast-paced, roiling week of interaction with hundreds of education colleagues in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore this week.  The first is a powerful reinforcement of a paragraph early in the introduction for my upcoming book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers That Will Revolutionize Education(Josey-Bass Education; coming out this summer):…

Nothing Like Seeing Deeper Learning in Action

April 18, 2017

NOTHING is as effective in transforming schools as seeing “it” in action. I spent Monday with a visiting team of elementary school teachers from Albermarle County in Virginia as theytoured four elementary schools inCajon Valley USD, just east of San Diego. Albermarle Supt. and national edu-leader Pam Moran sent the team out to look at deeper…

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